July 2013 | Vol. XII - No. 7
Shake Rattle And Drum by WESTCO EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS
This handcrafted wood set includes seven pieces: A bucket drum with a natural skin head, a pair of drum sticks, a single jingle stick, a handled castanet and a pair of mini maracas. Fun for the whole family or class! Includes a parent/teacher friendly activity guide for ideas on using the items to encourage child development.
— As of 10/30/2012 this product had 4.6 out of 5 stars from 26 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: The drum makes a nice noise; fun for kids on their own or in groups.
Awards: 2015 TDmonthly Top Toy Award 10/25/2012 (MSRP: $39.99; Age: 3 and Up)
Tree Tops by AREAWARE
Tree Tops have the distinction of being the lowest tech and oldest known toy because spinning tops have engaged children and adults for millennia. Karl Zahn’s set of five "Tree Tops" are made from an evergreen tree and shaped like one too – an environmentally conscientious toy. 6/18/2013
Wild Safari® Dinosaurs Gryposaurus by SAFARI LTD.®
Safari Ltd® brings the Gryposaurus from 75 million years ago to life with this replica of the most abundant duckbilled dinosaur of the Cretaceous period. The hand painted replica measures 8.5” L x 3.24” H (21.75 x 8.5 cm) and is suitable for ages 3 and up. All Safari Ltd® products are 100% guaranteed and lead free to ensure children’s safety. Visit www.safariltd.com to view and purchase Safari Ltd® products and explore educational information in five languages. 6/11/2013
Build Your Own Planetarium by ARTEC EDUCATIONAL
Observe the stars in your room! A pin hole planetarium kit. Rotate the planetarium to see how the constellations change with time and season. Adjust the projection angle to see how constellations are viewed from different longitudes on Earth. 6/10/2013 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 8 and Up)
The Marshmallow Launcher by HANZ TOYS
Our exciting Marshmallow Launcher allows you to create hundreds of designs to launch both large and small marshmallows. The learning opportunities include just about every principle of engineering and physics. Flinging food while learning physics and engineering...the winning combination. Made in the USA with fair trade and the environment in mind. 6/6/2013
Laser Pegs Predator, 16 in 1 by Laser Pegs Ventures, LLC
A 16 in 1 Predator Bug themed construction kit with Laser Pegs, construction parts, and a Triangle Power Base.
6/3/2013 (MSRP: $39.99)